Album review
I Admire You In Dub
King Tubbys Meets Larry Marshall
Motion Records
17 - 05 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Watergate Rock
  2. Thelma Dub
  3. Fire In Town
  4. Is Whey Deh Money Dub
  5. Dub Is My Woman
  6. Still In Pressure
  7. Locks Of Dub
  8. Come On Baby
  9. Give Thanks To Jah
  10. Downtown Rock
  11. Oh Jah Dub
  12. You Lie Version
  13. Heavy Heavy Load (extended version)
  14. Oh Girl Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : - Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 5

Larry Marshal, born 1941, St. Anns, Jamaica, had his greatest successes recording for Coxsone Dodd. He worked as an engineer in Coxsone's studios and was able to voice a string of outstanding singles, sampled on the excellent 'Presenting Larry Marshall'. In the mid 70s he produced his own album 'I Admire You', which enjoyed memorable success. In the 90s HeartBeat re-released the album with added bonus cuts. Although he occasionally releases an album, he's best remembered for his work in the 70s.
After more than 25 years Motion Records presents the recently unearthed dub companion to the 'I Admire You' album, mixed at the legendary Waterhouse studio of King Tubby. This is the third release of the company. Check out the other vintage reggae releases from Motion Records : Heroes Of Reggae In Dub and The Sound Of Channel One.
Motion Records has added some fine bonus tracks and I just love the album ! Snatches of Larry Marshall's voice are included in a lot of dubs. These dubs are largely gimmick-free, placing an emphasis on the tightness and solidity of their musical core; the transforming power of dub's re-organisation ultimately highlights the weighty expressiveness of the songs' wordless melody and rhythm. The tracks were actually mixed by several engineers : King Tubby, Philip Smart, Pat Kelly and Professor.
The 'I Admire Album' was originally released in small quantities by Larry Marshall in Jamaica and the UK on the Java label in 1975. Some tunes on the album were previously released singles on the Carl Patterson Black And White label, both with dub versions by King Tubby. The album was a collection of finely crafted songs with attentive musical arrangements and superb vocal deliveries - a nicely balanced mixture of ballads and reality songs.
Musicians on board include : Lloyd Parks, Family Man, Flabba Holt, Ranchie McLean, Douggie Bryan, Peter Tosh, Chinna Smith, Willie Lindo, Sly Dunbar, Carlton Barrett, Bongo Herman and Bobby Kalphat.
Essential release, don't ignore this one !

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